Allez les Green?
It is a real blessing that the IRB have established the regulations which makes it impossible for a Springbok, or other national rugby player, to play for another National team. If not, we may as well have had to face some serious contenders when we play France next.
With their cheque books wide open, they already signed Juandre Kruger and Bryan Habana this season, and if reports are to be believed, Morne Steyn, John Smit and Danie Rossouw are also on their way to France.
This made me wonder just how strong a Springbok squad can we make up just from our players in France, if above rumours are said to be true.
1. Gurthro Steenkamp
2. Gary Botha/John Smit
3. Wicus Blaauw/ Eugene van Staden
4. Bakkies Botha/ Gerhard Mostert
5. Juandre Kruger/Ross Skeate
6. Jaque Cronje
7. Danie Rossouw/Pedrie Wannenburg
8. Joe van Niekerk/Shaun Sowerby
9. Rory Kockett
10. Morne Steyn/Conrad Barnard
11. Bryan Habana
12. Paul Bosch
13. Gavin Hume
14. Sam Gerber
15. Greg Goosen
That’s a pretty decent side, especially if you look at that massive pack of forwards. Fortunately the French are not too keen on our backs, and their rumoured procurement of Morne Steyn makes one wonder what they see in him except for his boot. Although, I think that it would do Morne a great deal of good to get out of the kicking rut Heyneke Meyer has forced him into.
Some unfamiliar names are also listed in the backs, and I just wonder given the age of some of them, what could have been had the been able to progress further in their careers in South Africa.